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D’un tratto gridò 

che non era il destino se il mondo soffriva, 

se la luce del sole strappava bestemmie: 

era l’uomo, colpevole. Almeno potercene andare, 

far la libera fame, rispondere no 

a una vita che adopera amore e pietà, 

la famiglia, il pezzetto di terra, a legarci le mani. 

Cesare Pavese

(Settembre 1932)

Suddenly he shouted that it wasn’t fate

that made the world suffer, 

that made men curse the light 

and the day they were born. 

The trouble was man, it was man’s doing. 

At least we could pull out, 

we could starve to death in freedom, and say No 

to a life that makes use of love and family and pity 

and a little plot of land to tie us together, 

and shackle our hands.

Cesare Pavese

(September 1932)